A new gas station in Curve Lake is slated to open later this year, and the owners are looking at other opportunities to expand the business.
Rod Day, part owner of the new GEN7 gas station, says he expects to open by mid-October.
“We are hopeful for before winter,” says Day. Curve Lake First Nation voted in favour of the new venture in June of this year, with all eight council members on board.
This is the third gas station situated at the entrance to the First Nation. Day says he’s had some concerns brought forth from seasonal residents about traffic along a rural road adjacent to the new gas station, but he says the design will reduce congestion on the rural road.
“We’ve done everything right,” says Day.
GEN7 offers fuel from a First Nation petroleum supplier located at Six Nations of the Grand River, near Brantford, Ontario. GEN7 gas operators have helped First Nations entrepreneurs become successful business owners since 2019, with six operations, including Sarnia, Alderville, Oneida, Walpole Island, Moraviantown and, soon, Curve Lake.
The fuel company adheres to certain set of values that border the seven generations of respect, honesty, truth, humility, courage, wisdom, and love.
Day also says he would like to see a committee in Curve Lake established where profits are given back to the community. He says other operations such as the new gas station on First Nation territories have incentive programs where money is given for items such as school playground and community improvement projects.
“That would be a goal we work towards,” says Day.
Job applications are now being accepted at Crysalis Crafts. Day says they have already experienced a line-up of those wanting a job.
“We are excited, and anyone can drop off a resume. We have a good selection already.”
Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Peterborough This Week